Central Pennsylvania Food Bank named Joe Arthur its new executive director, effective July 1.
Arthur served as associate director of the food bank since 2008 and was on its board of directors from 2000-05, serving as president of the board from 2004-05.
His predecessor, Kendall Hanna, retired June 30.
"Joe's experience, knowledge of the community's needs and passion to end hunger make him the right person to lead the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank," Joel Hopkins, current president of the board, said in a news release.
Arthur said in the news release that he was honored by the appointment and is committed to continuing the effort to end hunger by working with donors, volunteers and community partners in innovative ways.
"The needs of the less fortunate have never been greater, and food banks have become critical in meeting the basic nutritional needs of our area's families, including at-risk children and seniors," he said.
Prior to joining the food bank, Arthur had a career in finance and accounting management, including 15 years with Waypoint Bank and its predecessor, Harris Savings Bank. He is chairman of the Pennsylvania Council of Feeding America Food Banks, treasurer of Hunger Free Pennsylvania, and a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and several other local organizations. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State University and lives with his wife, Deb, and their children, Josh and Tara, in Manheim.
The food bank is one of the state's largest nonprofit hunger relief organizations, providing food to 27 Pennsylvania counties from warehouses in Harrisburg and Williamsport. It works with more than 700 community partners to provide food to nearly 40,000 people every week, and distributed more than 22 million pounds of food in 2011. The food bank recently completed a 28,000-square-foot warehouse expansion.